FIFA has disgraced African football legend Kalusha Bwalya after the international football body handed the CAF Executive Committee member was given a two-year football ban.
The decision to ban the 54-year-old for two years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level was made by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee.
The verdict stems from the investigation opened against the former FAZ (Football Association of Zambia) president over his links to banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam.
Kalusha Bwalya was found guilty of accepting a gift that violates Fifa’s code of ethics.
The 1988 African Player of the Year was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,600, £78,900).
Reacting to the ban via a statement, Bwalya was adamant that he is “not guilty of any offence” and that he’ll fight “tooth and nail” to clear his name.
“I have never done and will never do anything to bring the beautiful game into disrepute.” He said.
Hammam had earlier been banned for life from football by Fifa in 2011 for the role he played in a cash-for-votes scandal, though he denied any wrongdoing.